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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Yes calf walnut, 13D

Nice. Too big for me, but a great shoe.
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

Anyone successfully darkened AE shell cordovan before?

I have a pair of burgundy shell Macneils on the way and would prefer them to be darker.

NOOOOOO!

Slightly more seriously ...
One of the things some people find endearing about shell, and which frustrates others, is that it sorta takes on a life of its own as it ages. One pair of burgundy gets browner. Another gets redder. Some develop splotches or streaks. Sometimes on the same shoe, some panels get lighter and others darken. That's the nature of the beast.

The only way I would imagine to counter that is with some dark cordovan cream. But to me, cream should be used sparingly. Otherwise you risk losing the luster so characteristic of shell if too much is applied.

I would embrace the burgundy for what it is and hunt and/or save for a second pair in brown or black.
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So I own dark burnished brown strands and bourbon mcallisters. I have recently started to regret this decision because the dark brown doesn't mesh as well with the style of the shoe as walnut would. I was thinking about selling the strands, and then re-buying strands in walnut and buying a pair of fifth avenues in burnished brown instead seeing as how dark brown is more business oriented and the fifth avenue style fits with that. I could just buy walnut strands, but I prefer to have a variety of styles in my shoe collection. This way the three major shades of brown are covered and I have the strands for spring/summer and lighter colors, the mcallisters for fall/winter and neutral/darker colors and then I have the fifth avenues for business situations where brown shoes would be appropriate. Thoughts or advice?

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Just when I said it, you delivered .... This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for.  Can't wait for the next sale on shells.

 

Quick question on the fit, did you size the same as others 5-last (calf)?

Happy to oblige, YoungSweet. I did get the exact same size as I have in Strand, Neumok and Mcallister calf; they were a little more roomy than my similarly lasted calf models, but with some slight rub on my 'rogue' right small toe (a consistent problem in otherwise great fitting 5/2/8 last shoes).  After some determined marching along city streets, though...heaven. 

 

Good luck in your search!

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So I own dark burnished brown strands and bourbon mcallisters. I have recently started to regret this decision because the dark brown doesn't mesh as well with the style of the shoe as walnut would. I was thinking about selling the strands, and then re-buying strands in walnut and buying a pair of fifth avenues in burnished brown instead seeing as how dark brown is more business oriented and the fifth avenue style fits with that. I could just buy walnut strands, but I prefer to have a variety of styles in my shoe collection. This way the three major shades of brown are covered and I have the strands for spring/summer and lighter colors, the mcallisters for fall/winter and neutral/darker colors and then I have the fifth avenues for business situations where brown shoes would be appropriate. Thoughts or advice?

Generally I prefer my shoes/boots with brogueing to be lighter as it emphasizes the details of the shoe. Sometimes so of the flash of the shoe can get lost with darker colors. Equally for formal shoes I find darker colors to he more aesthetically pleasing. I usually lean towards more conservative attire. Some can pull off the walnut and navy shoe combo well. I believe the brown cap toe bals are very versatile and will serve you well.

I think you plan is a sound one. My walnut strands are among my favorite shoes.
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Hmm since I can't seem to find the Alden natural chromexcel LWB in my size, I might consider the web gem MacNeils. Can I MTO a web gem (dang 6.5EEE feet!)?

Yes, I know from recent experience that you can. 

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Generally I prefer my shoes/boots with brogueing to be lighter as it emphasizes the details of the shoe. Sometimes so of the flash of the shoe can get lost with darker colors. Equally for formal shoes I find darker colors to he more aesthetically pleasing. I usually lean towards more conservative attire. Some can pull off the walnut and navy shoe combo well. I believe the brown cap toe bals are very versatile and will serve you well.

I think you plan is a sound one. My walnut strands are among my favorite shoes.

 

I agree with this advice.  Walnut strands, dark brown cap toe and bourbon wingtips is a solid starting foundation.  It also allows you to eventually get that brown strand in shell.  :stirpot:

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Yes, I know from recent experience that you can. 

Sweet, thanks!
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post

Anyone successfully darkened AE shell cordovan before?

I have a pair of burgundy shell Macneils on the way and would prefer them to be darker.

This is possible with a darker polish or cream, but just don`t expect the effect to be permanent ... cordovan appears to be quite impervious to consumer applied pigments found in creams and polishes.

From personal experience, I was able to restore some burgundy pigment to a pair of sun-bleached Horween cordovan ... but it was quite obvious that the pigment was sitting on top of the material and would be subject to being worn off in time.
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This is possible with a darker polish or cream, but just don`t expect the effect to be permanent ... cordovan appears to be quite impervious to consumer applied pigments found in creams and polishes.

From personal experience, I was able to restore some burgundy pigment to a pair of sun-bleached Horween cordovan ... but it was quite obvious that the pigment was sitting on top of the material and would be subject to being worn off in time.

 

And if you do not like what you have done to it darkening wise...it is no fun to take off. I picked up a pair of used MacNeil shells in what was supposed to be burgundy and 90 minutes later it seemed under all the gunk they may have been brown? Or Burgundy that changed to brown...either way it was tough sledding with some reno to get all the crap off and honestly there are still some areas that need to be redone. You could try some Saphire Renovator (sp) on them as in some of my reading people seem to suggest that this darkens shell slightly.

 

Anyway whatever you do make sure you do it lightly and look to achieve your result over time as opposed to right away....again that comes from reading a ton on shell lately ot from any experience I have.

 

Also back to the point of my Shell MacNeils being so much bigger than my other MacNeils....well last night an put them up against some of my other MacNeils and the shells are easily much bigger length wise though the toe area is much sleeker.

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Anyone who needs the color of burgundy AE shell to be darker would probably be happier with Alden's version of Color 8.

Don't buy a 650$ shoe if you're not sure you like it!
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The upcoming anniversary sale is also the one year anniversary of my first pair of Allen Edmonds!  

 

Walnut McAllisters, looking great after one year. Worn around one day a week in my rotation. 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my current collection after the year:

Walnut McAllister

Burgundy Shell Leeds

Dark Brown Shell Dundee

Cappuccino Shell Bayfield

CXL Bayfield (currently selling)

Brown Grain Kenwood

Burgundy Shell Macneil

 

Had and sold off due to sizing issues:

Daltons in bourbon, walnut and chocolate

Dark brown Park Aves

 

 

Up next on the want list:

Brown Shell Strands

Clark Street

 

 

 

 

 

How I feel when I see other peoples shoe pics:

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post


NOOOOOO!

Slightly more seriously ...
One of the things some people find endearing about shell, and which frustrates others, is that it sorta takes on a life of its own as it ages. One pair of burgundy gets browner. Another gets redder. Some develop splotches or streaks. Sometimes on the same shoe, some panels get lighter and others darken. That's the nature of the beast.

The only way I would imagine to counter that is with some dark cordovan cream. But to me, cream should be used sparingly. Otherwise you risk losing the luster so characteristic of shell if too much is applied.

I would embrace the burgundy for what it is and hunt and/or save for a second pair in brown or black.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post


This is possible with a darker polish or cream, but just don`t expect the effect to be permanent ... cordovan appears to be quite impervious to consumer applied pigments found in creams and polishes.

From personal experience, I was able to restore some burgundy pigment to a pair of sun-bleached Horween cordovan ... but it was quite obvious that the pigment was sitting on top of the material and would be subject to being worn off in time.

 

 

Thanks for the info guys. I think it's best I just hit them with my normal routine when I get them and just enjoy. I was just concerned with maybe trying to set them apart from by burgundy shell Leeds, it's not really a big deal as I know I will love them as is.

 

 

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Anyone who needs the color of burgundy AE shell to be darker would probably be happier with Alden's version of Color 8.

Don't buy a 650$ shoe if you're not sure you like it!
 
 
I agree as that was my first choice for a longwing, however to get a pair of 975 in Canada would run me $750 USD which works out to well over $830 CAD plus import/duties on top of that.
 
 
I got a pair of Macneil seconds off ebay for $350 USD, so for me it was a no brainer to pass on the Aldens. I already love my AE collection and the Macneil will get lots of love as is so I doubt I will regret my decision.
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Burzan, do you only buy AEs?

It's also my first-year anniversary with AE.

dark brown fifth avenue
snuff suede strand
shell burgundy leeds
shell dark brown dundees

Sold due to sizing issues
black park avenue -replaced with alfred sargent captoe
burgundy macallister - looking to repuchase or maybe picking up the Jeffersons (burgundy available?)
walnut strand - great shoe, but walnut with broguing may be a bit too popping for me
chili delray - definitely looking to repuchase when a seconds deal pop up or the 2 for $250 deal
suede amok - meh

Geezus, the old me just wanted to replace my two pairs of Cole Haans with a pair of PA and FA and call it a day.
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Wearing my brown shell cordovan Jeffersons today. Here they are in the sunlight at my office. Regarding the conversation both these and my brown shell strands have began to patina and in spots they look brown and in some spots look burgundy. I say leave it and don't try to darken to the same color. The patina is all part of the shell experience...
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How I feel when I see other peoples shoe pics:

 

 

 

 

Speaking of new socks, I highly recommend a company called Nice Laundry!  http://www.nicelaundry.com/

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